Trace Adkins reflects on the 2011 fire and returns to the veterans: “It was a great privilege of my career.”

Country music a strong boy takes on a tornado.

Trace Adkins stars in Lindsay Gossling’s film about natural disasters, “13 Minutes,” which explores how a monstrous twister destroys a small town in Oklahoma while exposing the growing social problems affecting its people. The film stars Amy Smart, Thora Birch, Anne Heche and Peter Facinelli, among others.

While the film premiered on Friday, the singer is already back at work. It was recently announced that the 59-year-old had to cancel his concert at Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort in South Dakota on November 11 because he was involved in a TV show titled Monarch, which is set to premiere at Fox in January. Adkins will star alongside Susan Sarandon and Anne Friel.

Adkins spoke to Fox News about what fans can expect from his role in the film “13 Minutes,” what he learned when he lost his home in 2011 due to a devastating fire, as well as his passion for supporting our veterans.


Fox News: What was it about “13 minutes” that made you want to get involved?
Trace Adkins: Well, first when I found out I was going to work with Anne [Heche]I mean, everyone respects her that way. I wanted to work with her. And I mean, who doesn’t want to be in a tornado movie?

Fox News: How important was it to you to be part of a project that depicts the real-life struggles of the American heart?
Adkins: I’m just looking at my role and if I can contribute in some way and hope to bring some realism into it and do the best I can – that means it to me.

Country singer Trace Adkins stars in the new movie “13 Minutes.”
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And I believe everyone else will do the same. I keep my nose on the grindstone and keep trying to do my best in everything I do. This is what is most important to me – to behave professionally and take care of business. And then I hope everything stays on its own.

But really, what such devastation can cause people, I wanted to tell this story … If the audience could leave with more respect for what other people are going for – that’s important to me. But this story also shows how people can come together in difficult times and become united … We need to strive and work together, to overcome our differences. Let’s hope people leave like that.


Fox News: In 2011, you and your family lost their home due to a fire. How has this experience changed your outlook on life?
Adkins: Well, that confirmed something I already suspected, namely that I am not exactly a materialistic person. These things, I mean, when something like that passes and right after that, there’s one thing you’re really grateful that everyone came out fine. That everyone is fine, no one is hurt, or you are not, God forbid, anyone lost. And that is the most important thing. Everything else, the things you lost were just things. It doesn’t matter as long as everyone is OK. And that was the main thing that I managed to do.

Trace Adkins lost his home in 2011 due to a fire.

Trace Adkins lost his home in 2011 due to a fire.
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Fox News: Making this film must have been a surreal experience for you.
Adkins: I can definitely empathize with people going through something like this because I lost everything in a house fire. But just seeing that everything is scattered before your eyes must be a different kind of devastation. This is very deep.


Trace Adkins wants more acting roles.

Trace Adkins wants more acting roles.
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Fox News: How was it for you as a country music artist to have marked Hollywood?
Adkins: I don’t know if I left a lot of traces, but thank you for that. I really enjoyed it and it’s something that challenges me and gets me out of my comfort zone. And I believe that’s the only way we can grow – to put ourselves in situations where we have to challenge ourselves to do something we don’t like. This is acting for me. I enjoyed it. And I hope I’m doing it well enough that people want to pay me for it.

Fox News: It won’t be long until the director asks you to take part in a biographical film about country music. If you could tell the story of any country music artist, past or present, who would it be and why?
Adkins: Well, I think Ronnie Milsap’s story is fascinating. I’ve always been a big admirer, a fan. And the relationship I’ve had with him over the years is just something I appreciate. I think the story of the challenges he had to overcome to be successful and show the world how talented he is … what an inspiring story. Someone should make a movie about his life.

Fox News: There are plenty of superhero movies in Hollywood, too. Would you ever think of something like that?
Adkins: * Laughter * Well, my superhero days may be behind me.

Trace Adkins, surrounded by members of the U.S. Army, on Monday, July 3, 2017, is rehearsing for the 37th annual A Capitol Fourth, an Independence Day celebration, on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Trace Adkins, surrounded by members of the U.S. Army, on Monday, July 3, 2017, is rehearsing for the 37th annual A Capitol Fourth, an Independence Day celebration, on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
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Fox News: Veterans Day is approaching and it is well known that you want to speak on their behalf. Can you remember a moment or encounter you had with someone who really left a lasting impression on you?
Adkins: Oh, there were so many, so many. I appreciate all the work I have done with the veteran organizations I have worked with over the years. I always feel like I’m better at it when I can give it back to our veterans.


Every meeting where I hang out with veterans, I always feel they do more for me than I do for them. Nothing compares to that – nothing. It was a great privilege in my career to be able to work with these people. And there have been so many times that I’ve been so badly affected that there are simply too many of them to be able to count.

Fox News: How can we give back to our veterans and give thanks?
Adkins: Giving to these veterans organizations, donating to them is a really good start. And always tilt your hat and tell them you’re grateful when you meet them. They always appreciate that. It’s something so simple that it goes really far.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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